Letters to a Young Lady     (Charles Czerny)   0-306-76123-8
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Letters to a Young Lady     (Charles Czerny)   0-306-76123-8
B1606. Charles Czerny. Letters to a Young Lady, on the Art of Playing the Pianoforte. New York, Da Capo Press, 1982 [Reprint of the c.1840 Hewitt Jaques Edition]. 82pp. Illus. - 0-306-76123-8

Biographical Note:

“Carl Czerny was an Austrian composer, teacher, and pianist of Czech origin whose vast musical production amounted to over a thousand works. His books of studies for the piano are still widely used in piano teaching.

At the age of fifteen, Czerny began a very successful teaching career. Basing his method on the teaching of Beethoven and Muzio Clementi, Czerny taught up to twelve lessons a day in the homes of Viennese nobility. His 'star' pupils included Theodor Döhler, Stephen Heller, Sigismund Thalberg, Leopoldine Blahetka and Ninette de Belleville. In 1819, the father of Franz Liszt brought his son to Czerny, who recalled: ‘Liszt became Czerny's most famous pupil. He trained the child with the works of Beethoven, Clementi, Ignaz Moscheles and Johann Sebastian Bach. The Liszt family lived in the same street in Vienna as Czerny, who was so impressed by the boy that he taught him free of charge. Liszt was later to repay this confidence by introducing the music of Czerny at many of his Paris recitals. Shortly before Liszt's Vienna concert of 13 April 1823 (his final concert of that season), Czerny arranged, with some difficulty (as Beethoven disliked child prodigies) the introduction of Liszt to Beethoven, at the latter's lodgings. Beethoven was sufficiently impressed to give Liszt a kiss on the forehead. Liszt remained close to Czerny, and in 1852 his ‘Études d'exécution transcendente’ were published with a dedication to Czerny.

Czerny died in Vienna at the age of 66 . He never married and had no near relatives. His large fortune he willed to charities (including an institution for the deaf), his housekeeper and the Society of Friends of Music in Vienna, after making provision for the performance of a Requiem mass in his memory.

Czerny can be considered as a father of modern piano technique for generations of pianists, when it is taken into account that many of his students, such as Theodor Leschetizky, Franz Liszt and Theodor Kullak, also became teachers and passed on his legacy.”